The CLASSIC ROCK SOCIETY (CRS) was formed in 1991, in Rotherham, England, by Martin Hudson, who ran the Society for a number of years, eventually taking it to a Limited Company. Whilst it has been around for many years, at this moment it is in the most active and forward-thinking phase of its existence. Miles Bartaby took over as Chairman in 2009, and in 2012, the CRS reverted back to Society status, and formed a new, 6-man committee, where each has delegated roles and responsibilities to move the society forward.
Our stated core aim is, as it ever was, to foster the growth and development of ‘grass roots’ progressive and general ‘classic’ rock, by bringing together like-minded individuals, and giving bands who may struggle for gigs a platform to play. These smaller shows are to some extent subsidised by larger profile bands who also play for the Society. As well as our three regular venues in Yorkshire (Montgomery Hall in Wath-Upon-Dearne and the Wesley Centre in Maltby) and Lancashire (The Citadel in St Helens), we use other venues including the Robin 2 in Bilston. We are always looking for ways to expand and give the Society a more ‘national’ and less parochial flavour.We put out a Bi-Monthly magazine, Rock Society, which is free to members and also sold at gigs and on the website. In this we feature new and smaller bands plus brand new interviews with classic rock stars of 70s vintage and beyond – some recent features have included David Coverdale, Steve Hackett, Roger Hodgson, Jack Bruce and Ian Anderson. The magazine has developed significantly under the stewardship of editors Miles Bartaby and Steve Pilkington and the current committee, and is now a glossy and largely full-colour magazine which has earned significant praise.
All members of the committee give their time freely, with the sole aim of taking the Society forward and giving excellent value to members and music fans alike.
We also have several ‘patrons’ who support the Society, including Steve Hackett (our most active patron), Roger Hodgson, Bob Harris, Dave Cousins, Dave Pegg, John Wetton and Carl Palmer.
Our key event of the year is our ‘Best Of The Year’ awards, at our ‘home venue’ Montgomery Hall, Wath-Upon-Dearne (near Rotherham, UK). This is always well attended by bands and fans alike, with a guest presenter each year – the 2014 event featured Fish, of Marillion fame, while recent events have featured ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Sonja Kristina, Oliver Wakeman and Gordon Giltrap.
The CRS is at the forefront of classic and progressive rock music promotion around the world, keeping its members informed of all that is new.